A Small Favor

Wow. And I thought my friends were weird.

Posted by Duffy at January 30, 2007 10:08 AM

Everything anyone ever needed, they can get at Archie McPhee's. What do people do, in towns where there is no such treasurehouse?

Posted by askmom at January 30, 2007 10:09 AM

Gerard..Hilarious! You are my favorite storyteller. Am I mistaken to conclude the chicken suit was worn by another of my favorites, Robert Fulghum?

Posted by ljones at January 30, 2007 11:29 AM

In one blinding instant I put me, in a chicken suit, wearing a sequined bra and panties, jumping out of a cake with a telephone in my wing. Memorable.

Speaking as someone who gamboled down the parade route for San Antonio's Fiesta Parade, dressed in a foam rubber Silly Sally Strawberry costume, I can understand the impulse. This is just too good to be anything but the literal truth; thanks for the story!

Posted by Mike Anderson at January 30, 2007 12:12 PM

I am appalled and humbled, simultaneously. And that's no mean feat.

Posted by Francis W. Porretto at January 30, 2007 2:22 PM

I once frightened a library room full of homeschool children into apoplexy and/or lifelong issues of undetermined sorts when I burst into a small room wearing a full gorilla costume during a lesson on Africa. When they were screaming at the highest possible pitch, I thought I would reassure them by taking off the head of the costume and revealing (I thought) my well known face. But with mascara streaming and my hair plastered to my head with sweat, I only inspired greater heights of terror.

Only when my friends began literally screaming and yelling, "Get out! Get out!" did I know the extent of my mistake.

Shorter lesson.

Costumes rarely work.

Posted by NANA at January 30, 2007 2:30 PM

Well, at least he didn't try to imitate the 12th imam jumping out of a well.

Posted by Connecticut Yankee at January 30, 2007 4:41 PM

Will you be able to share the sermon text with us? With an introduction like that...

Posted by Cris at January 31, 2007 9:43 AM

Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
I must admit that I am curious about the specifics of this memorable sermon.

Posted by Ben USN (Ret) at February 1, 2007 4:18 AM

askmom: If they've got any sense, they go online.

Ah, friends. The reason for 4AM drives on ice.

Posted by B. Durbin at February 1, 2007 11:17 AM

Hey, am I going to get a bra and panties for my chicken suit?

Posted by marthabee at February 2, 2007 10:18 AM

Everything anyone ever needed, they can get at Archie McPhee's. What do people do, in towns where there is no such treasurehouse?

Spencer Gifts.

Posted by James Cloninger at February 14, 2007 10:29 PM

Speaking of pink gorilla suits, you might enjoy this story.

Posted by Julie at September 27, 2008 7:58 AM

I'm trying, without success, to figure out what the topic of the sermon might have been. Obviously something connected with the 50th anniversary of the church, but I'm at a loss after that. Please share the text if you can get it.

Posted by waltj at September 27, 2008 7:59 AM

Spencer Gifts.

Maybe...but can you get a genuine Devil Ducky there?

Posted by Mumblix Grumph at September 27, 2008 8:02 AM

Now there's an idea for Obama's inauguration. What will pop out of the cake?

Posted by james wilson at September 27, 2008 9:23 AM

There will be no Obama inauguration. If elected, he will have himself crowned. If defeated, he will incite his loyal hordes of "world citizens" to overthrow the U.S. so he can be crowned anyway.

He can simply make a few alterations to the Presidential Seal and the Coronation Columns of Denver and he'll be all set. I'm sure the storehouses at Castle Huffpo have a suitable tiara.

Posted by askmom at September 27, 2008 9:53 AM

Heheheheheh! Had to go over to Fulghum's site to see if he had mentioned that. Had to be him. No-one else in the whole world would do that.

Posted by CharleyMike at September 27, 2008 9:59 AM


"It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It"

Of course, the same Mr. Fulghum.

Posted by Yanni.Znaio at September 28, 2008 12:23 AM

I never cared for the Rev's book "Everything you need to know..., it was held as a revelation rivaling the ten commandments by the Seattle progs when it was published. But anybody who will jump out of a cake, in a church, wearing a chicken suit with sequined bra and panties is aces in my book.

Posted by westsoundmodern at June 2, 2009 11:18 AM

What a friend we have.

N. Jesus

Posted by N. Jesus at June 2, 2009 12:39 PM

Yeh, but I bet they got you a dozen eggs for "gas" money.

Posted by indyjonesouthere at April 27, 2013 10:53 AM

This is my favorite "story." Actually, I know someone who might have pulled this off. Great pick-me-up for a dreary morning.

Posted by JeanMM at April 30, 2013 9:20 AM

"Maybe, but these are Unitarians."
Would you be surprised that I had guessed this before I reached this point?

Posted by ap at September 27, 2014 3:40 PM

My uncle Letsgo Lozko, he woulda been proud. The part about the chicken suit that is.

Posted by chasmatic at September 28, 2014 11:50 AM

This says more about the state of the people in churches today than anything. How do we start a spiritual fire that is necessary to turn this ship of fools around! WAKE UP AMERICA

Posted by Arlie at October 1, 2014 2:54 PM